November 1, 2012

Meagan Fulps, Lindsay Leo Tabbed Among WCC's Best Players

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara University seniors Meagan Fulps and Lindsay Leo both drew praise recently in preseason West Coast Conference women's basketball polls. Fulps was voted to the official WCC Preseason All-Conference Team by the league's coaches, while College Sports Madness named Leo to its preseason All-WCC First Team.

Fulps, a 5-7 off-guard from Littleton, Colorado, enters her senior year ranked 11th all-time at SCU in career scoring ave. (11.3). She has totaled 962 career points and has twice earned both All-WCC postseason honors and WCC All-Academic accolades.

Leo was terrific for the Broncos as a junior last season. The homegrown product of San Jose's Archbishop Mity High School was a 2011-12 All-WCC Honorable Mention pick after averaging 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per night in WCC play. Leo's 70 career blocks ranks 5th all-time at SCU.

As released by the West Coast Conference...


Brigham Young University has been selected to win the West Coast Conference women's basketball championship in a preseason poll of the WCC's nine head coaches. The Cougars received five out of a possible eight first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team), just one more first-place vote than second-place Gonzaga. This is the first time in five years that a team other than Gonzaga has selected by the coaches to win the WCC (San Diego, 2007-08).

Gonzaga, the 2011-12 regular season champion, finished one point behind BYU in the coaches' poll. The Bulldogs are one of three teams represented by multiple players on the preseason All-WCC team.

In all, student-athletes from six different schools are on the Preseason All-West Coast Conference team. BYU's Haley Steed was a 2012 all-WCC selection and Lexi Eaton was the 2012 Co-Newcomer of the Year.

Representing Gonzaga on the Preseason All-WCC squad are junior guard Haiden Palmer and senior guard Taelor Karr. Karr was second in the conference with 4.5 assists per game last season and Palmer was the 2012 Co-Newcomer of the Year.

Saint Mary's, the third team with multiple players on the preseason All-WCC team, returns junior forward Danielle Mauldin and junior guard Jackie Nared. Nared was fifth in the league with 7.5 rebounds per game last year.

For the first time since 2002, the West Coast Conference had two teams compete in the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as BYU and Gonzaga competed in the field of 64. Gonzaga advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season. 2012 also marked the first time that four WCC teams participated in the postseason. Saint Mary's and San Diego were selected to play in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Toreros made a historic run to the WNIT Final Four.

The 2012-13 season tips off on Friday, November 19 for seven of the nine WCC teams. The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will return to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from March 6-11. 


2012-13 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes)

Points

1.  Brigham Young University (5)

61

2.  Gonzaga University (4)

60

3.  Saint Mary's College

48

4.  University of San Diego

36

5.  Pepperdine University

33

6.  Santa Clara University

27

7.  Loyola Marymount University

25

8.  University of Portland

24

9.  University of San Francisco

10



2012-13 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player

School

Yr.

Pos.

Alex Cowling

Loyola Marymount

RS-Sr.

G/F

Lexi Eaton

BYU

So.

G

Meagan Fulps

Santa Clara

Sr.

G

Jennifer Hamson

BYU

Jr.

C

Amy Kame

San Diego

Jr.

G

Taelor Karr

Gonzaga

Sr.

G

Danielle Mauldin

Saint Mary's

Jr.

F

Jackie Nared

Saint Mary's

Jr.

G

Haiden Palmer

Gonzaga

Jr.

G

Haley Steed

BYU

Gr.

G